TExES Registration - Quick Steps

UT Tyler School of Education

TExES Registration

In most cases, this will be during your last semester; however, it is always a good idea to contact your advisor who can provide information about testing.

For Initial Certification:
  1. For undergraduates, the content test must be taken and passed prior to clinical teaching.  This will usually be the semester before clinical teaching is scheduled.
  2. For post-baccalaureate students, the content test must be taken and passed prior to admission to the School of Education.
  3. For all who are seeking initial certification, the PPR may be taken after the content test is passed.  It is suggested that all tests be taken and completed prior to beginning Phase III so candidates can be recommended when their degrees are posted.
For Professional Certification:

If this certificate is earned without the Reading Specialist, the TExES may be taken during the last semester.

1. Educational Diagnostician

During the last 6 hrs. of the program.     

2. Principal

During the final semester.

3. Reading Specialist

During the last semester of the program.

5. School Counselor

During the last semester of the program.

6. Superintendent

During the semester of the practicum.


If you meet the above criteria to take the TExES exam, please complete the Certification Testing form.


Usually within 3 business days, you will receive an email with instructions for registering to test.  Timing could be delayed due to holidays.


When you have registered, email the test date that you have scheduled to the Office of Teacher Certification.

The Day of the Test
  • On the NES website, "Returning Visitors" gives quick links to allow candidates to:
    • View/change registrations
    • Learn about the day of the exam
    • When the scores and testing history will be available.
  • By clicking on the day of the exam, candidates will find out what is expected:
    • When to arrive
    • How to dress
    • Required Identification
    • Prohibited materials

Violation of test site rules, including the possession or use of prohibited materials during an exam administration, may result in the voiding of your scores, as well as additional actions or remedies that the Texas Education Agency (TEA), State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), and/or Pearson may deem appropriate.

Don't Forget
  • Take two forms of identification as described at the NES website with special attention to “Review the complete identification Policy” found at this site.

  • Arrive early!

  • Leave items that are not appropriate (described in the preceding information) at home or in the car.

  • For your comfort, dress appropriately in layers.

  • Failing to follow the rules as described online at the NES website will have dire consequences; so, read the requirements carefully.  Don’t risk forfeiting your test fees!


Testing Rules

As part of Texas Education Code 21.048 (required by HB 2205 from the 84th Legislature, 2015), candidates have a maximum of five opportunities to pass a certification test.  

  • If the exam is failed on the first attempt, an individual will have four opportunities to retake the examination for a total of five test attempts.